Is your favorite internet hangout powered by Amazon AWS?
In a previous blog, I indicated that I had a personal goal of learning to play guitar using Fender Play and a professional goal of becoming an Amazon AWS Certified Solutions Architect (see related article, Old Dogs, New Tricks). As part of my AWS studies, I stumbled across a YouTube video showing how Fender uses AWS serverless technologies to power Fender Play.
My fellow SAP analytics professionals and I are reacting to an altered career landscape.
Editors Note: As luck would have it, today is the 11th anniversary of this blog. Thank you to all of my readers who have stuck with me through such humble beginnings.
As an IT professional, it has always been necessary to keep learning and growing. As an SAP analytics professional, that’s become even more clear as SAP is pivoting away from the classic SAP BusinessObjects platform. SAP customers must augment their analytics toolkits (see related article, Everything Must Change). To be fair, the SAP BusinessObjects platform isn’t going to disappear overnight, playing an important role in SAP’s “hybrid” analytics strategy. But just like the new and unfamiliar Crystal Enterprise/BusinessObjects XI platform had to be learned and embraced back in 2005 (what? No more Supervisor?), it’s time for me and many of my BusinessObjects peers to expand our horizons.
On a personal level, I’ve finally done something that I’ve put off for years. I bought a beautiful sea foam green Fender Stratocaster and signed up for Fender Play, Fender’s cloud-based self-service training platform. As an accomplished pianist, I’m amazed and just a little frustrated how a guitar uses completely different muscles than a piano keyboard.
On a professional level, I’m branching out my skills by studying for Amazon AWS certification as my employer became an AWS partner this year. I wasn’t one of the lucky consultants to get certified first, but I do not intend to be the last. Amazon offers three different certification paths (see illustration below) and I plan to become an AWS Certified Solutions Architect with a Big Data specialty.
I’m not alone. Several of my long-time BusinessObjects friends are moving on. My friend Eileen King just became a certified Looker professional.
I officially passed my Looker Certification test today!!! I’m really excited to be able to take on this new opportunity and take on a new position with Infinite Resource Solutions! I officially started last month but I didn’t want to jinx it until I had the certification!
And Jay Riddle is hanging out with the cool Tableau kids, too.
It’s been refreshing to attend a conference with over 17,000 people that seem to be generally happy with their software vendor’s products and customer support. Ready for new challenges and to start to actually enjoy learning again. Hello @tableau. Goodbye @SAP. #tc18